Applying for a residence permit

Are you from a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland? If you wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days then it is most likely that you will need a residence permit. Which residence permit you need to apply for depends on your nationality and/or situation.

Last updated on 18 August 2021

Are you a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss national?

If you are a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss national but you yourself do not have EU/EEA or Swiss nationality, you must apply for a verification of residence rights against EU Law. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) sets out the conditions and procedure for verification against EU law.

Permanent residence after temporary EU residence permit

If you have lived in the Netherlands with a temporary EU residence permit, then you can apply for a permanent residence permit.

Regular residence permit

If you want to live in the Netherlands to work, to study, for an exchange or to stay with an EU, non-EU/EEA or Swiss family member, you need to apply for a regular residence permit. In some cases, you will need to apply for an authorisation for temporary stay (mvv) (in Dutch) first. This is a special entry visa. With the combined Entry and Residence procedure (TEV), you can apply for the authorisation for temporary stay (mvv) and subsequent residence permit at the same time.

Your nationality will determine whether you need an authorisation for temporary stay (mvv), even if you are living outside your country of origin and have a residence permit. If you have the nationality of one of the following countries, you can apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands without an mvv.

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Vatican City
  • United States of America
  • South Korea

Purpose of stay

When you apply for an mvv and/or residence permit, you must have a purpose for your stay. This is the reason why you wish to live in the Netherlands, such as living with a family member, studying or working. For each purpose of stay, there are unique conditions that must be met. Visit the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for more information about the conditions and procedure for each purpose of stay.

Permanent residence after temporary regular residence permit

If you have lived in the Netherlands with a temporary residence permit, then you can apply for a regular permanent residence permit.

Asylum residence permit

If you wish to apply for asylum in the Netherlands or if you are a dependent family member of someone wishing to apply for asylum in the Netherlands, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) provides information regarding:

the procedure if you wish to apply for asylum for yourself;

the procedure if you are a dependent family member of someone wishing to apply for asylum.

Permanent residence after temporary asylum residence permit

If you have lived in the Netherlands with a temporary asylum residence, you can apply for a permanent asylum residence permit.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Law on foreign nationals 2000, article 21

Decree on foreign nationals 2000, article 3.92

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